BAFTA Nominations 2016: Who Should Win?
Culture Whisper talks the nominations for BAFTA 2016, and who we're rooting for.
We’re used to looking to the US for The Next Big Thing in the film industry, but where the Oscars once reigned supreme, our homegrown BAFTA awards are now as a real contender to their Stateside cousin.
The BAFTA nominations 2016 confirm the new crop of stars – and recognise heritage talent. Rolling in to town on the 14th of this month, this year's BAFTAs is a curious selection, and will no doubt attract the same heady mix of celebrities from across the world at the Royal Opera House ceremony.
After outrage and accusations of 'whitewashing' at the Oscars it's a shame that the BAFTAs haven't stepped up. Notably absent from this year's BAFTA nominations are 45 Years stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling (the latter having caused huge controversy earlier this month after saying uproar was 'racist to white people').
Culture Whisper's favourites: BAFTA 2016 Predictions
BAFTA Best Film Nominees 2016
Snubbed at the Oscars this year, we hope Todd Haynes' gorgeous romance Carol is the big winner this year.
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
BAFTA Outstanding British Film Nominees 2016
AMY is a rare instance of a documentary making the best picture nomination, and paints an honest, uncompromising picture of the girl beneath the media frenzy.
The Danish Girl
BAFTA Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees 2016
We'd be surprised if Room didn't make the cut – Abrahamson stays faithful to Donoghue's genre-defying novel in telling the gentlest story ever told about abduction.
The Big Short
BAFTA Best Original Screenplay Nominees 2016
Spotlight never resorts to sensationalist tactics in telling its horrifying story, and instead lets the scandal speak entirely for itself: a triumph.
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
BAFTA Best Leading Actor Nominees 2016
Leonardo diCaprio puts in the physical performance to end all others. As much as we love Fassbender, we do think Leo deserves it.
Leonardo diCaprio The Revenant
Matt Damon The Martian
Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs
Brian Cranston Trumbo
Eddie Redmayne The Danish Girl
BAFTA Best Leading Actress Nominees 2016
Maggie Smith may not be the favourite to win, but she's charming as the prickly 'lady in the van', combining eccentricity with a moving picture of vulnerability.
Maggie Smith The Lady in the Van
Cate Blanchett Carol
Brie Larson Room
Saiorse Ronan Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander The Danish Girl
BAFTA Best Supporting Actor Nominees 2016
Mark Ruffalo is a worthy opponent, but for us it was Mark Rylance who commanded the screen in Spielberg's Cold War drama.
Mark Rylance Bridge of Spies
Christian Bale The Big Short
Mark Ruffalo Spotlight
Idris Elba Beasts of No Nation
Benecio Del Toro Sicario
BAFTA Best Supporting Actress Nominees 2016
Rooney Mara shouldn't be listed in this category – she's as much of a leading lady as Blanchett in Carol. But – 'flung out of space' – her performance deserves recognition.
Jennifer Jason Leigh The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara Carol
Alicia Vikander Ex Machina
Julie Walters Brooklyn Brooklyn
Kate Winslet Steve Jobs
BAFTA Best Director Nominees 2016
You've probably guesses it – for us, it has to be Todd Haynes.
Adam McKay The Big Short
Stephen Spielberg Bridge of Spies
Todd Haynes Carol
Ridley Scott The Martian
Alejandro G. Iñárritu The Revenant
There's also plenty of new talent around in the form of the BAFTA rising star awards: BAFTA Nominations 2016: EE Rising Star Award
Watch this space for live updates on the BAFTA awards 2016 winners.